The clock seems to stop once we get to the State of Mexico, a destination full of natural wealth and architectural remains reminiscent of the first important historical figures that lived here. Travel to the heart of the country and marvel at how it oyamel first forests are colored orange with the annual arrival of the Monarch Butterfly to three sanctuaries recognized by UNESCO as World Heritage Sites.
Allow yourself to be captivated by the beauty of Tepotzotlan, Valle de Bravo, Malinalco, El Oro and Metepec, the state’s five magic towns. Tour their streets, coexist with their inhabitants, who will unveil their history imbued in each of their buildings and patron saint festivities. Tour the Route of Sor Juana and follow the steps of the Tenth Muse to the east of the state, to the foot of its volcanoes. Witness the faith conveyed by pilgrims from all over the country when they arrive at Chalma, one of the most important ceremonial centers in the state and home to the miraculous Lord of Chalma.
Enjoy superb sunny weather in Ixtapan de la Sal, a city in the State of Mexico that nature has favored with its virtues. Upon your arrival, the goddess Ixtapancíhuatl and the beautiful Diana The Huntress will greet you on the main avenue full of lush jacaranda trees. In the city center you will see its typical architectures with red roofed houses and cobbled streets.
Visit the Municipal Spa, located in the city center. Enjoy the warm sunshine while you cool off in its whirlpool swimming pools and thermal waters, which are said to be rejuvenating. Relax and abandon yourself to the hands of physical therapists and masseurs. Be sure to try the benefits of the mud baths and mud masks.
The Ixtapan Water Park is another place you must visit. This park is considered the largest in Latin America. Here, you will be able to enjoy an extraordinary bath in Roman tubs with thermal waters. In addition, you will have lots of fun in its slides, covered swimming pools and wave pools. Get on the aquatic mountain, or, if you prefer, get on a motor boat or rowing boat for a short tour.
Golf lovers will find this a destination to improve their swing. In a natural beauty and comfortable setting lies the Gran Reserva Ixtapan Country Club, a high level real estate development with a lake and a 18 hole golf course designed by Donald Sechrest. The course was designed with the intention of offering surmountable challenges for the golfer who enjoys his game surrounded by beautiful streams, lakes and forests
End your day in the city center; you will be able to admire the magnificent plateresque style of the Parish of the Asumption. Walk along the main square and enjoy the great gastronomic offering and try delicious typical dishes or Mexican snacks. In the evening, be sure to see the dancing fountain located next to the Kiosk.
In a beautiful lush green valley at the foot of the mountains lies Malinalco, an ancestral Magic Town with cobblestone streets and colorful houses. As soon as you arrive, its green landscapes and soothing environment will immerse you in relaxation and reflection. Its streets are dotted with flowers sprouting from the walls of its colonial mansions and small churches from the sixteenth, seventeenth and eighteenth centuries which will take you back on a journey through Mexico’s past.
Visit the hill of the idols, where you will find the archaeological site of Malinalco, one of the most beautiful in the state, and from where you will be able to enjoy the magnificent panoramic view of the town. This ceremonial center was one of the most important centers for the Aztecs. Walk along a path of over 400 steps to reach the top where you will find the Sanctuary of the Eagle and Jaguar Warriors.
The entrance to this shrine is carved in the shape of the head of a snake, representing the underworld in a symbolic way. Inside, on a rock, are sculpted two eagles and a jaguar, which due to their monolithic features have been compared to Ellora in India and to the temple of Abu Simbel in Egypt. The orientation of this temple is the result of precise astronomical calculations, as a result of which you are able to see stunning light phenomena.
Walk along the center of this Magic Town and see its cobblestone streets, its orchards and colonial houses, all of which create a very special charm. If you visit it on a Wednesday, you will find n open air market reminiscent of pre-Hispanic life, with its handicrafts, earthenware, leather and stone objects and carved wood objects.
A place you must visit is the Agustinian Convent of the sixteenth century, which at first glance will remind you of a medieval construction due to its rustic and rough walls, its sober decor and square columns. Built in 1543 by the Agustinian order, it houses beautiful original frescoes which decorate the ceiling and walls of the hallways.
You cannot leave Malinalco without trying its cuisine. Try some of its typical dishes prepared with trout, iguana, rabbit, frog and salamander. Pair it with the excellent mescal produced in the southern area of the municipality or a delicious pulque from the northern area.